A convicted felon pleaded responsible Wednesday to fatally stabbing a senior citizen greater than three years in the past who had kicked the defendant out of his Palm Springs residence, and main police on a high-speed chase within the sufferer’s automotive.
Jonathan Alan Flora’s plea to homicide and 9 different felonies was to the courtroom and never as a part of a take care of prosecutors, in line with John Corridor, the general public info officer for the Riverside County District Lawyer’s Workplace.
Flora, 33, killed 75-year-old Henry Marshall at his residence at 2290 Park Drive on May 16, 2017. Flora was arrested hours after police found Marshall’s physique with a number of stab wounds to his head, face and physique, which was floating face down in his swimming pool, in line with a declaration in help of an arrest warrant.
Police discovered a blood path main from the lounge, via the patio and to the pool.
Flora was present in possession of Marshall’s automotive, cellular phone, driver’s license and bank cards when he was arrested after main Palm Springs police on a pursuit the identical day the sufferer’s physique was discovered, in line with courtroom paperwork.
Flora was sporting bloodied garments, had a “important lower on one finger” and was in possession of a black glove, which matched a glove discovered inside Marshall’s residence, the papers say.
Flora advised a passenger within the automotive that he had lower himself “as a result of he had killed somebody,” in line with the declaration, which additionally alleges that Marshall’s neighbors advised police they noticed Flora crawling out of a window of the sufferer’s residence on the evening earlier than the invention of his physique.
Flora was additionally accused of calling somebody from Marshall’s telephone and utilizing Marshall’s bank card to purchase vodka from a liquor retailer.
Although courtroom paperwork do not specify why Flora was kicked out of Marshall’s residence or how lengthy he had stayed there, a report taken in February signifies Flora grabbed Marshall by the neck and pressed a knife towards him.
Flora was beforehand convicted of burglarizing the Park Drive residence in 2009, although police and prosecutors haven’t disclosed whether or not Marshall was the home-owner at the moment.
Flora was noticed at 1:17 p.m. May 16, 2017, driving a automobile southbound on Palm Canyon Drive with 4 passengers and refused to drag over for police, triggering a chase, police mentioned.
Flora reached speeds of 90 mph on Palm Canyon Drive earlier than driving onto the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, the place the automobile got here to a relaxation close to the buying and selling put up, police mentioned.
All 4 occupants of the automobile have been detained on the reservation, police mentioned. The passengers have been launched after being interviewed, and Flora was initially booked on suspicion of violating parole.
Flora additionally admitted to Wednesday to 4 counts every of kidnapping and false imprisonment and one rely of evading arrest. He may face a most life sentence when he’s sentenced on Oct. 2 on the Larson Justice Heart in Indio.
Together with the housebreaking conviction, Flora was convicted in 2012 of creating legal threats towards a person recognized solely as “Ivan Doe” in courtroom paperwork, which state that Flora threatened the sufferer with a “fixed-blade knife.”
Flora is being held on the Robert Presley Detention Heart in Riverside with out bail.